The Rawporter website provides an online platform where media companies, or whoever is interested, can opt to buy the images. The site uses various tactics to ensure that the content is purchased rather than stolen. “The images online are a lower resolution, unless a media company buys them, then they’re upgraded to a better resolution,” Gaige said. The images are also watermarked with the Rawporter logo.

The app is in a bare-bones stage right now, but that will soon change. A system update will be released in the near future, with location functions, more sharing options and capability to shoot multiple items in succession. Other future possibilities include sending basic questions from journalists to citizens through the “assignments” feature.

“It opens up a world of opportunity for large and small media partners, including bloggers, who wouldn’t normally be able to conduct an in-person interview due to budget, timing and access limitations,” Davis said.

Of course, the app is only useful if people start using it.

 

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Olivia Smith is an intern at CJR.